Women's basketball drops first game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 5, 2009
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Kelly Potvin

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team fell for the first time this season and dropped to 4-1 overall after falling 65-56 to sixth-ranked Bowdoin College on Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Bowdoin opened up an early lead and rode the performances of Leah Rubega (Norwich, Conn.) and Katie Bergeron (Bradley, Maine) the rest of the way.

Bowdoin improves to 5-0 overall. The two teams will play the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) game on January 16 at Bowdoin. This game did not count toward the league standings.

Rubega had game-highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Polar Bears. She shot 9-for-15 from the field and added three assists and three steals. Bergeron finished with 14 points, including 7-for-8 free throw shooting, and dished nine of Bowdoin's 17 assists in the game. Many of her assists came on penetrations and passes to Rubega for easy inside baskets.

Colby had a 24-12 advantage in points from the bench and received some solid performances. Kelly Potvin (Sherborn, Mass.) had all nine of her points in the first half to keep the Mules in the game. Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) added six points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.), despite foul problems, had 12 points and eight rebounds to pace Colby. Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine) had seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, while Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine) had six points and five steals.

Bowdoin got off to a quick 6-0 start to the game and opened up leads of 12-3 and 17-6 before the Mules were able to settle down. The Polar Bears had a 32-18 lead before Colby scored the final four points of the half to trail 32-22 at the break.

Colby was as close as 36-30 with 15:35 left in the game, but Bowdoin used a 12-3 run to push the margin to 48-33 with 8:56 to go. The Mules continued to battle and cut the lead to 48-41 with 6:27 left, but Rubega scored on a 3-point play with 6:10 left and Colby could not closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Colby had 17 of its 26 turnovers in the first half, but the Mules also worked hard on the defensive end and forced the Polar Bears into 22 turnovers.

BOWDOIN 65, COLBY 56

BOWDOIN (5-0)

Leah Rubega 9-15 1-2 20; Katie Bergeron 3-10 7-8 14; Kaitlin Donahoe 3-9 1-2

7; Amy Hackett 2-5 2-3 6; Caitlin Hynes 2-6 2-2 6; Christina Aceto 1-2 1-2

4; Colleen Sweeney 1-2 1-1 3; Ellery Gould 1-4 0-0 2; Nicole Coombes 1-1 0-0

2; Sabrina Cote 0-1 1-2 1; Alexa Barry 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 23-57 16-24 65.

COLBY (4-1)

Alison Cappelloni 4-6 2-2 12; Kelly Potvin 2-6 5-5 9; Aarika Ritchie 3-6 0-0

6; Diana Manduca 2-8 1-2 6; Samantha Allen 1-5 2-2 5; Jacky McLaughlin 1-4

3-5 5; Julianne Kowalski 2-4 1-4 5; Rachael Mack 1-5 2-2 4; Karlyn Adler 1-2

2-2 4; Jil Vaughan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 18-24 56.

Bowdoin.......................   32   33  -   65

Colby.........................   22   34  -   56

3-point goals--Bowdoin 3-11 (Christina Aceto 1-1; Katie Bergeron 1-3; Leah

Rubega 1-1; Ellery Gould 0-3; Sabrina Cote 0-1; Kaitlin Donahoe 0-2), Colby

4-13 (Alison Cappelloni 2-2; Samantha Allen 1-4; Diana Manduca 1-4; Jacky

McLaughlin 0-1; Karlyn Adler 0-1; Aarika Ritchie 0-1). Fouled

out--Bowdoin-None, Colby-Aarika Ritchie. Rebounds--Bowdoin 38 (Leah Rubega

13), Colby 33 (Alison Cappelloni 8). Assists--Bowdoin 17 (Katie Bergeron 9),

Colby 7 (Diana Manduca 3). Total fouls--Bowdoin 20, Colby 23. Technical

fouls--Bowdoin-None, Colby-None. A-450

 

 

 
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